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Richard Roberts

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Richard Roberts, who shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology of Medicine for the discovery of “split genes,” has been appointed to an 18-member independent task force created by NASA to assess the budget and management challenges facing the International Space Station program. Roberts currently heads the department of bioinformatics and research at New England Biolabs of Beverly, Mass.

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